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Gill-Men Gone Wild

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, January 28, 2018 06:18pm | Post a Comment

Island of the Fishmen

By Kai Wada Roath
Ambassador of Confusion Hill and host of the Super Shangri-La Show


"There are many strange legends in the Amazon. Even I, Lucas, have heard the legend of a man-fish."
-- Lucas, Captain of the tramp-steamer Rita, in The Creature From the Black Lagoon

So, did the Shape of Water get you all Gilly for more frustrated Fish Dude movies? In 1987, when I was The Amazonjust a young lad of 14, there was only one thing I saved all my allowance for -- a Nintendo Entertainment System. And it was for one game only -- Pro Wrestling. I would become a master of playing Starman, however there was only one enemy I always feared to square off with -- The Amazon (with his famous Piranha Bite and Outlaw Choke). I've been a fan of angry Fish Guys ever since. Well, maybe being a Pisces helps too.

Gill-man characters have been around for quite some time, but The Creature From The Black Lagoon was probably everyone's first favorite fish-man monster from the Devonian period. "What happened to the Universal Gill-Man after the Creature trilogy?" you have often pondered while scooping clams at a 99 Ranch Market. Well, some of you may remember Uncle Gilbert visiting The Munsters family. Herman says Gilbert's wealth was mostly attributed to salvaging lost treasures in the seas.The Munsters, Uncle Gilbert

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Amoeba Hollywood is in Pokemon Go! Come Catch 'Em All & Get $3 Off Coupon

Posted by Amoebite, July 12, 2016 07:30pm | Post a Comment

Pokemon Go at Amoeba Hollywood

Everywhere you turn lately, people are talking about or playing Pokémon Go. It's a new augmented reality game you play on your cell phone that combines the real world with the virtual Pokémon world. Although it just launched last week, it's already more popular than Tinder.

After tons of trainers (as the users are called) were seen playing it on their phones while walking around Amoeba Hollywood, we discovered we're actually a gym in the game! A gym is where you go to battle other teams to either claim the gym as your own or defend it against attacking trainers. Plus, you get experience points by battling, which gets you more levels and more powerful Pokémon. However, to battle at a gym you need to get to Level 5 in the game. Confused? Read more about how the game works.

We're getting Pokémon Go fever like everyone else, so we're giving trainers a discount while you're playing at Amoeba Hollywood! Just take a screenshot of a Pokémon you caught inside Amoeba Hollywood and show it to the folks at the information counter on the main floor. We'll give you a $3 off coupon for your purchase of $5 or more. (Limit 1 per person per day. Can't be combined with other offers or discounts. Not valid on Amoeba.com. Offer ends July 19.)

Come catch 'em all!

out yesterday....guitar hero world tour...

Posted by Brad Schelden, October 27, 2008 05:10pm | Post a Comment
guitar heroMaybe some of you have heard of this game called Guitar Hero. I am sure some of you are fans of Rock Band and want nothing to do with Guitar Hero. I am probably one of the very few people who has never played Guitar Hero or Rock Band. I have heard  people talk about it endlessly  and been at parties where people have been playing it, but I have resisted for some reason. I guess it is sort of like Karaoke. I love the idea of it and actually love watching people "perform" at Karaoke bars but am just too shy to actually sing out loud in front of large crowds of strangers. A couple of years ago one of my friends dragged me to one of those private Karaoke booths that they have in Japantown in San Francisco. I never even really knew these existed. I could finally do karaoke. I really don't mind embarrassing myself in front of guitar hero world tour amoebamy friends. I just don't like strangers I guess. So really I should love Guitar Hero. There will be no strangers watching me embarrass myself. I just never had this game in my own house before.

Up until last week the newest game system I had was a Super Nintendo. They unfortunately did not make Guitar Hero for Super Nintendo. I have spent numerous nights playing Nintendo Jeopardy and Super Mario World late into the night, but I never really felt the need to upgrade. In my mind all the new games were for people who were obsessed with sports or war games. I didn't really feel the need to kill people in a game. I felt that I could happily live out the rest of my life living off used Super Nintendo games from thrift stores. Then I found out that there are actually new games for people like me. I just never spent the time to find them. When I found out Amoeba was going to be in the new Guitar Hero game, I realized I had to get guitar hero world tour amoebamyself some sort of new game system. I could not let this moment in history pass me by. Amoeba Hollywood always carried used games, but we never really got into the whole new games market until now. How could we not carry a game that we are a star of!? We are carrying the Guitar Hero games in all versions at all 3 stores. But we also have a selection of other games at the Hollywood store. I am so excited that game nerds can now hang out with music and movie nerds. I am sure we will all get along. We don't sell the actual game systems, but I imagine you can figure out where to find those. I could have gotten a Play Station or XBOX, but being a long time fan of Nintendo, Wii was the obvious choice for me. Of course, these are the hardest systems to find, but I managed to track one down last week, and I will be bringing home my new copy of Guitar Hero very soon. The new version of the game, Guitar Hero World Tour, actually came out yesterday, October 26th. The Game industry seems to have their own set of rules. Guitar Hero actually came out on a Sunday! They can't even wait until the Tuesday street date like the movies and music.
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I am excited to be able to embarrass myself in front of my boyfriend and friends. The new Guitar Hero will let me do that numerous times I am sure. Rock Band was basically a more involved version of Guitar Hero. You didn't just get a guitar but a drum kit and microphone. Guitar Hero has now become the best again with Guitar Hero World Tour. Not only does the game feature Amoeba Music Hollywood as one of the venues you get to play in, but it also comes with a whole lot of extra stuff. The band kit comes with drums, a guitar, and a microphone. It even has a music studio program that lets you create your own digital songs that you can share with other users of the game. I will be patiently waiting for the New Wave Edition that comes out with a keyboard! This is surely the next step. Come on, Guitar Hero, do it for me! I could also go for the Shoegaze edition. I would most likely do a lot better playing a Lush song than Korn. But for now, I will settle for Guitar Hero World Tour. In case you are dying to see the songs that come with this new edition, here they are...
  • 311 - "Beautiful Disaster"billy idol rebel yell
  • 30 Seconds To Mars - "The Kill"
  • Airbourne - "Too Much Too Young"
  • The Allman Brothers Band - "Ramblin' Man"
  • Anouk - "Good God"
  • The Answer - "Never Too Late"
  • At The Drive-In - "One Armed Scissor"
  • Beastie Boys - "No Sleep Till Brooklyn"
  • Beatsteaks - "Hail to the Freaks"
  • Billy Idol - "Rebel Yell"
  • Black Label Society - "Stillborn"
  • Black Rebel Motorcycle Club - "Weapon of Choice"
  • blink-182 - "Dammit"
  • Blondie - "One Way or Another"
  • Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band - "Hollywood Nights"
  • Bon Jovi - "Livin' On A Prayer"
  • Bullet For My Valentine - "Scream Aim Fire"
  • Coldplay - "Shiver"dinosaur jr. feel the pain
  • Creedence Clearwater Revival - "Up Around The Bend"
  • The Cult - "Love Removal Machine"
  • Dinosaur Jr. - "Feel The Pain"
  • The Doors - "Love Me Two Times"
  • Dream Theater - "Pull Me Under"
  • The Eagles - "Hotel California"
  • The Enemy - "Aggro"
  • Filter - "Hey Man, Nice Shot"
  • Fleetwood Mac - "Go Your Own Way"
  • Foo Fighters - "Everlong"
  • The Guess Who - "American Woman"
  • Hush Puppies - "You're Gonna Say Yeah!"
  • Interpol - "Obstacle 1"
  • Jane's Addiction - "Mountain Song"
  • Jimi Hendrix - "Purple Haze (Live)"
  • Jimi Hendrix - "The Wind Cries Mary"
  • Jimmy Eat World - "The Middle"los lobos la bamba
  • Joe Satriani - "Satch Boogie"
  • Kent - "Vinternoll2"
  • Korn - "Freak On A Leash"
  • Lacuna Coil - "Our Truth"
  • Lenny Kravitz - "Are You Gonna Go My Way"
  • Linkin Park - "What I've Done"
  • The Living End - "Prisoner of Society"
  • Los Lobos - "La Bamba"
  • Lost Prophets - "Rooftops (A Liberation Broadcast)"
  • Lynyrd Skynyrd - "Sweet Home Alabama (Live)"
  • Mars Volta - "L'Via L'Viaquez"
  • MC5's Wayne Kramer - "Kick Out The Jams"
  • Metallica - "Trapped Under Ice"
  • Michael Jackson - "Beat It"
  • Modest Mousemichael jackson beat it - "Float On"
  • Motorhead - "Overkill"
  • Muse - "Assassin"
  • Negramaro - "Nuvole e Lenzuola"
  • Nirvana - "About a Girl (Unplugged)"
  • No Doubt - "Spiderwebs"
  • NOFX - "Soul Doubt"
  • Oasis - "Some Might Say"
  • Ozzy Osbourne - "Crazy Train"
  • Ozzy Osbourne - "Mr. Crowley"
  • Paramore - "Misery Business"
  • Pat Benatar - "Heartbreaker"
  • R.E.M. - "The One I Love"
  • Radio Futura - "Escuela De Calor"
  • Rise Against - "Re-Education Through Labor"
  • Sex Pistols - "Pretty Vacant"
  • Silversun Pickups - "Lazy Eye"
  • Smashing Pumpkins - "Today"
  • Steely Dan - "Do It Again"survivor eye of the tiger
  • Steve Miller Band - "The Joker"
  • Sting - "Demolition Man (Live)"
  • The Stone Roses - "Love Spreads"
  • Stuck In The Sound - "Toy Boy"
  • Sublime - "Santeria"
  • Survivor - "Eye of the Tiger"
  • System of a Down - "B.Y.O.B."
  • Ted Nugent - "Stranglehold"
  • Ted Nugent's Original Guitar Duel Recording
  • Tokio Hotel - "Monsoon"
  • Tool - "Parabola"
  • Tool - "Schism"
  • Tool - "Vicarious"
  • Trust - "Antisocial"
  • Van Halen - "Hot For Teacher"
  • Willie Nelson - "On The Road Again"
  • Wings - "Band on the Run"
  • Zakk Wylde's Original Guitar Duel Recording
While these are not exactly the songs that I would have picked I am sure I will end up knowing more of these songs than I think I do. I am excited to see Oasis and the Stone Roses, and can't wait to perform "Eye of the Tiger." But where is The Cure?? Black Sabbath?? Def Leppard?? AC/DC?? Journey??? Judas Priest?? Guns N' Roses?? I guess you can't get everything. And I am sure much work goes into the acquisition of these songs for the game. I wasn't really expecting to find Suede and The Cocteau Twins. But is The Cwii sportsure too much to ask for?

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Guitar Hero World Tour & video game timeline

Posted by Eric Brightwell, September 21, 2008 06:48pm | Post a Comment
Guitar Games

The first installment in the Guitar Hero series was released in 2005. The developers at Harmonix were obviously inspired by 1998’s Konami’s GuitarFreaks, in which players also use a guitar-shaped controller with colored fret buttons on the neck and a pick lever to score points playing along to rock music. That game never took off on the level of Guitar Hero though, partly because GuitarFreaks required players to shred along to the likes of Mutsuhiko Izumi, 桜井 敏郎,  小野秀幸, 前田尚紀 and Jimmy Weckl (né ジミー・ウェックル), who composed songs especially for the game. Guitar Hero's innovation was including 47 AOR songs by the likes of the Ramones, Deep Purple, umlaut-abusers Blue Öyster Cult and Motörhead -- songs that, whatever you think of them, are seared into your brain if you've ever drank a Mountain Dew, rode in a Z-28, watched a television commercial or shopped at Amoeba. That means even if you've heard "More Than a Feeling" 603,501 times more than you ever wanted, you'll have no problem playing along.



In 2006, RedOctane (the manufacturers of the guitar controllers) was purchased by Activision and Harmonix was bought by MTV. In 2007 Harmonix released, through Electronic Arts, Rock Band -- basically an expanded version of Guitar Hero which added other instruments, another innovation inspired by Konami’s games of the previous decade which followed up GuitarFreaks with DrumFreaks and KeyboardFreaks.

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